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English Literature A Level at Langley Park School for Boys

Course description

English Literature at A Level gives the opportunity to explore a wide range of texts that will offer many different insights and experiences. An English Literature student will be adept at exploring a diverse range of texts, identifying connections and expressing themselves effectively and engagingly in both written and spoken form. Much of their study will involve engaging in discussion during lesson time and students will be expected to prepare for this by prior reading. They will also be given the opportunity to take part in theatre visits and other activities that may enhance their understanding and enjoyment of course texts and the subject in general. English Literature at Langley Park Sixth Form is both rewarding and challenging; we have a track record of success and students find the course stimulating and rewarding. English Literature is a traditional, well-established course that is highly respected by universities and employers.

Course content

- Aspects of Tragedy (Students study a minimum of three texts: one Shakespeare play, a second drama text and one further prose or poetry text. One of the two further texts must have been written pre-1900)

- Elements of Crime Writing (Students study a minimum of three texts: one post-2000 prose text, one poetry text and one further text. At least one of the texts must have been written pre-1900. Students are also examined on an unseen text.)

- Theory and Independence (Students study two texts - one poetry and one prose – and explore different interpretations, such as a Marxist or feminist approach, informed by the Critical Anthology.)

Entry requirements

Grade 5 in both GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.

Students should enjoy reading and discussing what they have read about in an open and enquiring way. Students should also feel confident about expressing their ideas in writing. They should be prepared to research topics of interest and work independently. Students will also need to read in their own time and reflect on that reading. There will also be a requirement for students to work collaboratively with their peers to present their ideas to the class.

Future opportunities

This subject is ideal preparation for higher education and employment. It is also invaluable if students are interested in any career which values written communication and analytical skills, including Journalism, Public Relations, Law and Advertising.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Langley Park School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 15 May 2017
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